Metallica frontman James Hetfield interviewed by Radioacktiva. He explained story behind the title of upcoming Metallica album “Hardwired… To Self-Destruct”. He also talked about his family.
James Hetfield talks on “Hardwired… To Self-Destruct” title:
“Yes, “Hardwired… To Self-Destruct”, to me… I guess what it means to be is that… A friend of mine told me that… Sometimes he and I would get in trouble a lot, and is it just that we are hardwired that way. I need my friends to tell me some better decisions sometimes, and sometimes I don’t. And just wondering if man in general is wired one way or another. But also, I think, a lot of these songs deal with man on the planet. Who do we think we are? In the history of the universe, we have been around a millisecond, and we think we can control the world and global warming and everything. Do we really have that kind of control, or is it [that] our time is finished? I don’t know. So, a little bit of a cynical approach to mankind.”
He also talked about his family:
“My family. [Laughs] They kick my ass all the time. [Laughs] I’d say it’s difficult… It can be difficult to stay humble when everyone is looking to you for something, but I recognize that, you know, I’m just a person, and, just like them, I am looking for something with the answers. So I understand that. But the transition from being on the road, where everything is done for you — your laundry, your food, everything — and you go home and it’s different. Doing the dishes, taking the trash out, just like dad, you know.“
Metallica’s new album Hardwired… To Self-Destruct will release on November 18, via Blackened Recordings.